Isn't technology amazing in all the ways it's becoming intertwined with our lives, our households, and our processes? Take, for instance, the dazzling array of monitoring devices that are available. A few years ago, most homeowners could easily count two or three smoke detectors in their homes. Then, we started adding carbon monoxide monitors. Now we're onto water leak monitors, and maybe you're aware of even more monitoring devices that can save you money when you use them correctly.
Here are a few that you should look into as you move into the home you bought from Beavercreek homes for sale. Or, maybe you're getting ready to list your home. Smart technology can actually boost the price of your home, so our REALTORS® suggest you check it out.
- Stop costly water leaks.
Some experts estimate homeowners lose thousands of gallons of water annually through pin-prick size leaks. There are a number of leak monitors on the market, but you may want to look into one that looks over the home's entire water supply from one location on the main water line, without needing additional sensors. These monitors check the water pressure many times a second so that any variation or deviation in the pressure will shut off the leak. The monitors are designed to integrate with smart home voice AI such as Alexa, Google Assistant, and others. You likely would just need wi-fi and a standard A/C outlet near your waterline to get going with a water leak monitor.
- Save energy with smart thermostats.
Nearly half of our utility bills are devoted to cooling and heating. Smart thermostats, if used properly, can save as much as 10 percent on the energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. You can control the temperature in your home from near or far with a smart thermostat and a smartphone. You can set the thermostat to a schedule, cutting back on energy usage when you're away from home or when the family is sleeping. Smart systems also use sensors and weather forecasts to adjust heating and cooling. Geofencing sensors can detect when you're away from home and adjust the temperature accordingly. Some utility companies are offering rebates along with the purchase of a smart thermostat.
- Install smart technology to save on your electric bill.
You can save as much as 27 percent of your home's overall lighting energy by installing room sensors, smart switches, and smart bulbs, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The energy savings for wi-fi-connected devices can be offset by the power needed to control them, so look for low-power devices.
- Smart plugs cut down on wasted energy.
Household electronics often go into standby mode, ready for you to resume use — but they are still drawing power. They communicate with other devices, get updates, and can load faster, but all this is wasteful if you're not around. Smart TVs, DVRs, computers, and gaming systems are among the worst culprits. You can cut power when these devices are not in use by using smart plugs, power strips, and smart outlets. Some of these will even monitor energy use.
- Smart sprinklers lower water use.
If you have a sprinkler system, a smart sprinkler monitor will follow the weather, adapting your watering schedule as needed so you don't water when it rains.
Our knowledgeable real estate staff can advise you on converting your home to smart technology. Contact Wright-Patt Realty today.